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72nd Indian Independence Day Is Marked With Renewed Promises

72nd Indian Independence Day Is Marked With Renewed Promises

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report By: JAVED KANA

Photos By: DHRUV SHAH

The Indian High Commission hosted the 72nd India’s Independence Day on 15th August, 2018 amidst a congregation consisting of the members from the corporate sector, MPs, Indian community heads and Indian
citizens.

Officiating the program by a flag hoisting ceremony and the recitation of the Indian national anthem, the Indian High Commissioner to Kenya, Honourable Suchitra Durai reflected on the several activities carried out by the commission in its promise to keep India-Kenya relations strong. She reiterated that the MoUs signed since the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been effected, including the cancer therapy machine, Bhabhatron which currently serves 70 patients a day. Through consular camps, the commission has been able to reach out to Indian communities residing in different parts of the country.

“More than a dozen societies have been given generous grants by the government of India for promoting India-Kenya friendship and for promoting Indian culture. People to people contacts are good from both sides – people are visiting each other; at 60,000 Indians form the third largest group of foreign tourists coming to Kenya… Over 50 university scholarships for graduation, post-graduation programs have been given to citizens. We have been training doctors, particularly oncologists, under the India-Africa health fund scheme,” she stated.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Indian High Commission’s operations in Kenya. Hon Durai stated, “This year is particularly special for us as we are celebrating 70 years of the opening of Indian Mission in Nairobi. It was in August 1948 when Apa Pant was sent by Prime Minister Nehru as India’s convoy to the then British East African Protectorate, 15 years before Kenya’s independence.”

Further, the Commission is in the process to mark the upcoming 150th birth anniversary of the father of the Indian nation, the late Mahatma Gandhi in October, 2018. The IHC stated, “We are also celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. We have recently recorded Gandhi Ji’s favourite bhajan, Vaishnavajanto by Kenyan gospel singer, Atemi and soon it will be used in Delhi as they desire. We would like to thank Mr Kirit Pattni and Mr Atre for their support in this project.”

In conclusion, she intimated that the Indian Embassy will soon relocate from its CBD

venue.

Reading out the Indian Prime Minister Honourabe Narendra’s Modi speech next, the IHC passed on his message to Indian

nationals.

The program culminated with refreshments after riveting cultural performances by several groups that rejuvenated the patriotism spirit amongst the audience.

In his speech, the Indian PM addressed the nation from the Red Fort in Delhi, where he assured residents of better healthcare, security and progress. He stated, “PM Jan Arogya Abhiyaan will be launched on 25th September this year. It is high time we ensure that the poor of India get access to good quality and affordable healthcare.” He said that he is impatient, anxious and keen to see India progress, eliminate malnutrition, and to see Indians get a better quality of life (narendramodi.in).

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